Tagged: Music

The best five bucks you’ll spend?

Ghosts I - IV Album CoverLast night I downloaded the new Nine Inch Nails album “Ghosts” directly from the NIN website. You have several choices of format to choose from, including lossless Apple and FLAK formats for $10.00. For $5.00 you get all 36 tracks in 320kbps DRM Free MP3 format.

Five bucks for 36 tracks! That’s nuts.

I’ve only had a chance to listen to about a quarter of the album so far, so a full review will be coming soon, but so far, this is a good investment in not only good music, but the future of music distribution. See, Trent Reznor is distributing this album himself, with no help from the music industry.

First week sales are in over a million bucks, which I’d have to say is a success.



My god…how dumb can they get? If the RIAA just slashed their budget for lawyers, and put that cashish into something useful like, ohhh, I dunno, R&D into new products, maybe they wouldn’t be in such trouble.

Consider that the CD came out in the early 80’s, and there has been no new distribution medium since then…the single largest incremental revenue in Hollywood history was the introduction of entire catalogues into DVD…there was a similar burst for the record industry with the advent of the CD…get the idea RIAA? DVD-A could be the big breakthrough. I’d love to have Van Halen’s entire catalogue on one DVD…that would kick ass. How about Led Zepplin’s catalogue on a DVD…wow, I could replace a dozen or so CD’s with a couple of DVD’s. For me and my space conscious mind, that makes sense.

Of course I could just rip them and a couple of thousand other CD’s to a $160.00 120gig Hard Drive and sell my entire CD collection to a Used CD store and have everything on a single hard drive that I could share out with my house and burn to CD-RW’s as needed…

But noooo, now they’re going to sue their consumers back into the stone ages. Individual file traders are being fined upwards of 10k per song they have available to share. Much like Canada’s marijuana laws, it’s not illegal to posess digital files, it’s not illegal to download them, but it is illegal to make them available for sharing.

Of course the irony is that Recording Industry has created this beast themselves. It used to be just the hardcores who knew about Napster, Music City, Grockster, LimeWire, et-al, but because of the endless coverage on CNN, everybody and their brother knows where to get free music. Good work RIAA!

File swapping tools are legal!

File swapping tools are legal!

The movie and music industry has been attacking Kaazaa and other peer to peer networking companies for a couple of years now, the record industry in particular is claiming peer-to-peer networks are to blame for the incredible down turn in music sales.

Here’s a newsflash for the record industry.

Your product is marketed poorly, it’s not compelling, it’s not new, infectious or catchy. In short, it sucks.

This isn’t just some cranky old codger saying this either. I love trying new stuff, but there’s no incentive to. The last really good album I bought was Eminem’s “The Eminem Show”, despite the fact that I had half of it from a P2P network weeks before…but I tried it, I liked it, and I bought it. No different than Custom, who’s album I bought last summer based entirely off of the three free songs that I listened to on their web site (except for the fact that in one case, the band and/or label paid for the bandwidth, while in the other fans shared the bandwidth with each other).

Now if the record labels got together, and created a P2P network of their own, I’d gladly join. Just think, they could monitor who is downloading what, track usage, create statistics from it, use it to measure who was downloading what, where downloads were taking place in, what was generating a lot of buzz, what wasn’t. I’m not talking about charging for this service, I’m saying, keep it free, the information you’re going to generate from it is a hell of a lot more than the income you would generate from a service like this (which is basically free for the provider to run other than keeping up a couple of servers that do the stats taking), and it’s a ton more than the money you would generate from lawsuits against individuals.

Hell, you might even learn something, and end up making a better product.

Now wouldn’t that be something?